I just found out, well, today, that I didn't get any of the local jobs I applied for, so I will be moving very shortly out-of-state. I'd like to throw a "See you one last time" party for all my friends, but for various schedule reasons, I can only do so on a weekday (I will be out of town scoping out apartments on one weekend, and then there is Easter weekend, and then I will be gone). Some of my friends work traditional 9-5s, but some are in school, and so work odd shift hours.
I am thinking of just having an open house, and inviting people to stop by for however long they are able, anytime between 2 and 10. I plan to have snacky food available - chips, dips, veggie platter, a big ol' tray of rice pilau, sodas, and any finger foods I can throw together from the perishables left in my freezer. Do I need to provide real dinner-type food for the people who show up at the dinner hour? Or can I assume that people will be clever enough to realize that if I'm having an open house, they should plan to feed themselves their evening meal either before or after coming over?
Also, is it a terrible faux pas to say that while I will have sodas and juice, the party will be BYOB?